In 1543, a diagram drawn by a Polish priest revealed to the world a new idea, which forever changed our understanding of the cosmos and our place in it; the concept of a sun-centric universe. A plaque was put aboard the unmanned Pioneer space probe in 1972 to communicate fundamental facts about Earth and its inhabitants to life on other planets. How did a single diagram fit everything in?
Craig Reucassel tackles one of our planet's biggest challenges, climate change. He explores where our energy comes from, how transport and travel emissions affect our health, plus the carbon footprint of the food we eat.
Using spectacular NASA high-definition archive footage, mission audio and rare astronaut interviews, this documentary comprehensively chronicles one of the greatest moments in mankind's history.
A look at the true story of the rise of Ngogo, Uganda's warrior chimpanzees over a 20-year period. How did they establish the largest troop of chimps ever discovered?
Kevin McCloud sends Jon Richardson, Alice Levine and Phil Wang on an epic global journey to discover the extraordinary developments being made in technology - technology he thinks could save this planet and us.
What is the meaning of life? Do we have a purpose beyond fulfilling our biological needs and passing on our genes?
Kevin sends Jon Richardson to a town that claims to be America’s most eco-friendly, Phil Wang to a futuristic farm in China, while in Japan, Alice finds out where robots go when they die.
A concept out of South Africa has inspired a charity in South Australia to recycle bread tags. The bread tags are recycled into goods which are sold and the funds from the sales go towards buying wheelchairs for disadvantaged people.
We believe that time only moves in one direction: forwards. But is our perception only part of the story?
Approximately 60 tonnes of cosmic dust and ancient meteorites rain down on Earth every day. Most burn up on entry, but some leave a lasting impression. Many are the left-over building blocks of Earth itself, packed with clues from the past. One of the most famous impact sites is Barringer Crater in Arizona.
In 2015, a tiny spacecraft called New Horizons arrived at the very edge of the solar system and took the first-ever close up images of the dwarf planet Pluto. The data it sent back left the scientific world speechless. Once thought to be geologically dead, the images from New Horizons have revealed Pluto to be an active world of stunning complexity. The pictures contained a bewildering array of unexpected features. There were mountains carved from ice, a nitrogen glacier that appeared to be moving and a recently active volcano. This program tells the incredible story by meeting the team responsible, and by exploring the close-up imagery of Pluto's mysterious surface in extraordinary detail.
This episode combines satellite views with scientific expeditions, new research, and fascinating insight on the grandest of scales to tell this remarkable chapter of Earth's story.
Kevin dispatches Jon to the US to explore the latest advances in food. Phil is off to China for a stomach-churning solution to waste, while Alice heads for Japan and an encounter with robots.
Millions of years ago, dinosaurs roamed the planet, but why are they now extinct? Find out how an asteroid crashed to Earth, caused a huge explosion and destroyed the dinosaurs.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of its launch, this is the remarkable story of how Hubble revealed the awe and wonder of our universe and how a team of daring astronauts risked their lives on a series of dangerous and challenging missions to keep Hubble working.
If you think you are open-minded and tolerant, you're kidding yourself. Scientists now have the tools to determine who you instinctively trust and who you instinctively hate.
Australia's semi-coastal interior is lush and varied, with many extraordinary landscapes and wildlife found nowhere else on Earth.
At Georgia Aquarium, every birth, egg laid or hatched is very special to its staff. These meaningful experiences enrich the lives of the team who care for these animals and the guests who visit each day.
A curious and active box turtle goes for his daily walk and two wobbegong sharks are due for a check-up. Plus, the staff prepare for puffin breeding season.
Nandi, the aquarium's smallest manta ray, is due for her annual check-up, and some young ruddy ducks arrive at the aquarium and are introduced to their new habitat.
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